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Bayer Backs Australian Golf Environment Foundation

20 November 2008
The Australian Golf Environment Foundation (AGEF) has received a major boost this week with the announcement that Bayer Environmental Science (BES) has confirmed as inaugural principal partner. Demonstrating its ongoing commitment to improving industry environmental management practices around the globe, BES has made a significant contribution to the foundation which aims to use science and education to benefit golf in the area of environmental management, protection, and enhancement.

“Bayer Environmental Science is proud to be principal partner of the Australian Golf Environment Foundation,” says BES business development manager Justin McBeath. “Bayer is committed to sustainable development and we are engaged in a number of global environmental initiatives to achieve this.

“Being involved with the Australian Golf Environment Foundation is yet another way of fulfilling our vision of ‘Protecting Tomorrow… Today’ and we look forward to being able to further enhance and promote the environmental benefits of golf.”

The AGEF was established by the Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association (AGCSA) mid-way through 2008 to administer funds derived through the AGCSA’s Environmental Initiative which was set up in 2005 as a partnership between the AGCSA and Golf Australia.

The Environmental Initiative generates funds through commissions from the sale of the e-par™ environmental management system and also receives donations and grants from golf clubs, organisations and trade groups involved in the golf maintenance industry. All funds are directed to the AGEF for the express purpose of funding research projects, education programmes and study bursaries related to managing the golf course environment.

An advisory board, chaired by AGCSA Board member and Royal Sydney Golf Club superintendent John Odell has identified a number of research priorities for the foundation to tackle including the undertaking of a pilot study, in partnership with the University of Melbourne, to measure the carbon footprint of Australian golf courses. The project, which is earmarked to begin in mid-2009, will aim to study a range of golf courses from heavily treed to links style in a variety of climates and with differing levels of resources.

“The value of green space associated with golf courses in the context of urban environments is probably underestimated and this study will provide important information of wider public interest,” adds McBeath.

AGCSA general manager John Neylan was delighted to welcome BES as a principal partner of the AGEF and looked forward to working together in promoting the environmental values of Australian golf courses.